As iPhone 7 Debut Approaches, Pressure-Sensitive Home Button Rumored
Other iPhone 7 rumors persist as well, including dual cameras, the deletion of the headphone jack and a third model that is even larger.The latest iPhone 7 rumors, which come in advance of the expected September launches of the new devices, say the upcoming handsets could have pressure-sensitive "haptic" home buttons that respond to varying amounts of user pressure to control functions. Haptic touch capabilities already built into other Apple products, such as the MacBook Pro laptops, will be one of several new features included in the new iPhones, according to an Aug. 8 report by Bloomberg, which was based on reports from sources who are familiar with the details. Also coming are dual main cameras on a larger iPhone 7 model and the deletion of the long-included headphone jack, both of which were also mentioned in previous rumor reports as well. The new phones will include "more advanced photography capabilities and upgraded hardware in a design similar to that of last year's models," the sources told Bloomberg. As part of the release, Apple is also planning to move away from its typical two-year iPhone redesign cycle, the story continued. A source who apparently has tried out the new camera design said that both cameras, "which each capture color differently, simultaneously take a picture, and the device produces a single, merged photograph," according to the story. In addition, the "dual system sharpens photos taken in low-light environments" and "the combination of the merged photos from the two camera sensors also allows users to zoom while retaining more clarity." The dual camera feature will not be included in the smaller iPhone 7 model, the report continued.
The new haptic home button "will have a pressure-sensitive button that provides feedback to the user via a vibrating haptic sensation rather than a true physical click," the sources told Bloomberg.